Building a Retaining Wall

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Bleed Green, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. Bleed Green

    Bleed Green LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How tough is it to build a retaining wall? In my backyard there is a spot that we are thinking about building one. Is it something that I could do, or would I be better off getting a bigger landscape company? I guess I am wondering how tough of a task it would be. Am I biting off more than I can chew?
     
  2. NewHorizon's Land

    NewHorizon's Land LawnSite Senior Member
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    Depending on the height of the wall needed, you could be biting off too much. True retaining walls have engineering that must be done and lots of work below the surface and behind the wall to be done as well. Search some of the other threads to find out more about retaining walls.
     
  3. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
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    If it's not a large or complicated wall and it's in your own yard, I say go for it. Just learn as much as you can about the right way first.
    If you are in doubt, hire somebody experienced, and learn from them.
     
  4. Bleed Green

    Bleed Green LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It is going to be about 5 courses high and around 10-15 foot long.
     
  5. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
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    By "courses" do you mean 6" block? That would make your wall 2 1/2 feet tall, I don't see why you shouldn't give it a try. Especially since you are your own customer.
    Just be sure to excavate deep enough for your area, and compact the base really well.
     
  6. AllHardscaping

    AllHardscaping LawnSite Member
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    Give it a shot. Just read up on base prep adn what goes behind the wall. A lot of my neighbors did their own 2 years ago and now they are leaning and look like crap. It is defintly doable with the proper research though. Good luck
     
  7. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Rent a plate compactor for your base and leave the hand tamper out of the project. Don't skimp on your drainage rock for backfill and compact your backfill as well. Also use a good 2ft and 4ft level and leave the little torpedo level in the shed. If your wall is straight get a stringline to keep straight.
     
  8. NewHorizon's Land

    NewHorizon's Land LawnSite Senior Member
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    As far as string lines go we use them on the back side of the block. The front is normally rockfaced and the back is smooth. It will be easier for you to judge if its straight
     
  9. Hardscaping

    Hardscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you go to a local block supplier they will help you with how to do this wall. just make sure to follow what they say to a T because as it stands you don't know the ways of doing it yet.
     
  10. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
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    #9 Today, 06:38 PM
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    If you go to a local block supplier they will help you with how to do this wall. just make sure to follow what they say to a T because as it stands you don't know the ways of doing it yet.

    :) :) :0 thats funny coming from you!
     

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